Follow the money: Comcast/Time Warner cash lines pockets of key House panel

Oh, indeed.

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Hello, Internet. Here is a visualization that shows how much Comcast and Time Warner interests contributed to key members of the House Judiciary Committee, which today held a hearing to discuss the corporate giants’ planned merger. Hover over the member to find out how much ComcastTWC money they reaped in recent election cycles.

It’s a little finicky in Tumblr, but we’re very aware of your burning passion for interactive click-things, so we wanted to do right by you. Enjoy!

The DATA Act gets Floor Charted!

The DATA Act gets Floor Charted!

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U.S. Precipitation Map

Some spring showers data for you. 

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mapsontheweb:

U.S. Precipitation Map

Some spring showers data for you. 

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Earth Day rhetoric: Some fun (?) facts, via National Journal
1. Usage of the term “Earth Day” by Congress has waxed and waned during the last decade-and-a-half.
2. In recent years, it’s been a pretty partisan breakdown.   
3. Case in point: No Republicans have uttered the words “Earth Day” on the House or Senate floor since 2010.
This viz uses Sunlight’s Capitol Words tool. Check it out!

Earth Day rhetoric: Some fun (?) facts, via National Journal

1. Usage of the term “Earth Day” by Congress has waxed and waned during the last decade-and-a-half.

2. In recent years, it’s been a pretty partisan breakdown.   

3. Case in point: No Republicans have uttered the words “Earth Day” on the House or Senate floor since 2010.

This viz uses Sunlight’s Capitol Words tool. Check it out!

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Sigh.
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From our friends at OpenSecrets.org: How the Supreme Court’s recent McCutcheon decision created a ‘multiplying effect’ of campaign cash. 

Sigh.

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From our friends at OpenSecrets.org: How the Supreme Court’s recent McCutcheon decision created a ‘multiplying effect’ of campaign cash. 

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Via the Wall Street Journal: How mergers made Comcast and Time Warner Cable have become two of the biggest corporations in the United States.
The two corporate giants traveled to the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning to discuss the telecom merger to end all telecom mergers.
Sunlight also has context on the political influence efforts from both companies.

Via the Wall Street Journal: How mergers made Comcast and Time Warner Cable have become two of the biggest corporations in the United States.

The two corporate giants traveled to the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning to discuss the telecom merger to end all telecom mergers.

Sunlight also has context on the political influence efforts from both companies.

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Comcast and Time Warner Cable head before the Senate Judiciary Committee today to discuss a planned merger. Preceding them? A long, long, long record of political influence.

  • Total state and federal campaign contributions from Comcast (employees and PACs): $33.3 million
  • Total state and federal campaign contributions from Time Warner (employees and PACs): $9.1 million

Dig into the political influence of Comcast and Time Warner on Influence Explorer.

Methodological note: The graphics and facts above, pulled from Sunlight’s Influence Explorer tool, represent the corporate giants’ respective records of state and federal campaign giving and federal lobbying for as long as such disclosure has been available. Campaign contributions run from 1989-2013; lobbying from 1999 to the present.

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politicalpartytime:

In case you missed it: This happened at the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. Luckily, just about everything you need to know about the McCutcheon v. FEC decision is on Sunlight’s blog

Here’s a breakdown:

  • And here’s what you can do about it: 

Sunlight has called for a response to McCutcheon in the form of real-time disclosure of campaign donations

You can learn more and sign our petition right now.

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) have moved quickly to introduce just such a bill. Stay tuned for more.

The 1,000 political donors who stand to benefit most from McCutcheon v. FEC



Now that the Supreme Court has struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits, it will empower the limited number of donors who have the heart, the stomach and the bankrolls to contribute hundreds of thousands of their own money to determine who is in office.



What do we know about these truly elite donors? 1) They’re extremely partisan givers; 2)They mostly support Republican candidates; and 3) 1/3 of them come from the financial sector.



These are the Big Money givers poised to gain even more influence in our elections - what else do we know? Read more about them on Sunlight’s blog.

BREAKING: The Supreme Court has handed down its #McCutcheon v. FEC decision, deciding to strike down aggregate limits on direct political contributions by claiming they are unconstitutional based on the First Amendment.  
It’s another major blow to America’s campaign finance system.
While we are not surprised by today’s outcome, we are disappointed that the plutocracy we predicted is now sanctioned by the high court. Thanks to the high court, wealthy donors can now pour millions more into federal elections - the decision effectively ties a big bow around Congress and delivers it to the 1%.Read Sunlight’s full response to #SCOTUS's decision here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/04/02/sunlights-response-to-scotus-ruling-on-mccutcheon-v-fec/

BREAKING: The Supreme Court has handed down its #McCutcheon v. FEC decision, deciding to strike down aggregate limits on direct political contributions by claiming they are unconstitutional based on the First Amendment.  

It’s another major blow to America’s campaign finance system.

While we are not surprised by today’s outcome, we are disappointed that the plutocracy we predicted is now sanctioned by the high court. Thanks to the high court, wealthy donors can now pour millions more into federal elections - the decision effectively ties a big bow around Congress and delivers it to the 1%.

Read Sunlight’s full response to #SCOTUS's decision here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/04/02/sunlights-response-to-scotus-ruling-on-mccutcheon-v-fec/

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